Venkob Rao, an Alzheimer's patient living in an old-age home in Bengaluru, goes missing after a day out with Shiva, his son. Shiva, a workaholic, and Dr Sahana, the psychiatrist taking care of Venkob, search for him. Meanwhile, Venkob lands himself in the middle of a murder scene and his life is at stake.
What do you get when you mix the bittersweet emotional content of Hrishikesh Mukherjee films along with the dark gritty narrative of Anurag Kashyap films? You'll get your answer when you watch Hemanth M Rao's directorial debut effort Godhi Banna Sadharna Mykattu. This film is all heart, with an impressive story line complemented with performances that truly leave a mark.
When the makers released the first teaser and subsequently the much-spoken-about trailer of this film, everyone seemed to have thought that they knew everything about the film. But, Hemanth has only revealed the tip of the iceberg. A dialogue in the trailer sums up the crux of Hemanth's story in the best way, where Venkob Rao says that there reside two dogs in each of us, one black and one white, the question is which one of them wins. In his own own comic philosophical style, Venkob says the answer is the one that we feed more biscuits to.
While there is a tense father-son relationship on one side, there is a gangster going through an existential crisis on another. And in the middle of these two plots, there is a subtle love story too. The way these three parts of the film flow seamlessly and none of these are neglected in favour of the other is one of the truest triumph for debutant Hemanth in this film.
The film also belongs as much to music director Charan Raj and cinematographer Nandhakishore Neelakanta Rao, as it does to director Hemanth. Charan's music really does take the narrative forward and you wish that some of the background score too was released along with already popular soundtrack. One cannot but go out of the cinema hall humming the tunes from the film. Nandhakishore's cinematography, which is experimental at times, adds to the emotional quotient of the film.
When it comes to the performances, what impresses about this film is that everyone has done a good job. Anant Nag, of course, steals the show as the affable, funny old man suffering from Alzheimer's. This film does justice to the actor's talent and gives him a role that can be spoken at par with the likes of Amitabh Bachchan in Piku, for instance. Vasishta N Simha, as the gangster, is the other stand-out performer. His voice, emotions and mannerisms are right on cue.
Rakshit Shetty, as the part-selfish part-caring son, has delivered another strong performance, ensuring the audience shares his emotions at most times. Sruthi Hariharan, as Dr Sahana, seems effortless and brings forth memories of some of the powerhouse heroines of 80s and 90s in Sandalwood. Achyuta Kumar delivers another fine performance, proving why he is such a sought after character artiste.
This film is worth a watch, for it manages to successfully amalgamate an engrossing story, fine performances and rich technical values. And the story can make the most rigid ones get emotional, as it makes one realize the value of parents in his or her life. Better still, watch it with your parents and enjoy this emotional roller-coaster.